Meet the Counselors


 

Nohemy Chavez

Nohemy Chavez

As a first generation college student and now first generation professional, my goal as a counselor is to help all students realize their full potential, particularly underrepresented students.

Counseling is more than just a career- it is sharing lessons learned, discovering possibilities and helping people get to where they want to be.

I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for all of the mentors, family, friends, and instructors that helped me achieve my goals.

All students regardless of where they come from deserve an education and an opportunity to shine!

 

Yolanda Coleman

Yolanda Coleman

Since I can remember, I have always enjoyed helping people get that “A-HA” moment – the moment they realize their potential, identify their goal, and start working towards it.

I am passionate about transfer and excited about all the transfer opportunities available to students.

I was a first-generation college student and have since then inspired others in my family to pursue their educational dreams.

 

Bianka Guardino

Bianka Guardino

My passion for working with students is to empower their decision making and emotional intelligence.  To increase their problem solving skills, stress tolerance, interpersonal relationships, empathy, assertiveness, and emotional expression.  I believe students with high emotional intelligence have greater success in college and life.

I graduated from Modesto Junior College and English was my second language.  As an immigrant, I struggled throughout college and can relate to and feel the struggle our students face.  One of my favorite quotes that helped me overcome some challenges is:  “Believe in yourself and all that you are.  Know there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.”

Things my family and I do together:  hiking, biking, soccer, listening to music and cooking.

 

Theresa Lawhead

Theresa Lawhead

I became a counselor by the grace of God!  I barely graduated high school, wandered my way to West Valley College where I took well over 60 units, somehow transferred to Long Beach, then SJSU and earned a BA in Psychology.  Then I was denied admission by all three graduate programs I applied to.  However, one of them was starting a new program and reached out to see if I was interested.  It ended up being the perfect program for me.  Here I am, AA Liberal Arts, BA Psychology, MS Counseling and loving every minute of my career as a Mission College Counselor.

I get so much more from students than I give to them – and I give!  Students constantly inspire me to work harder.

 

Alicia Martinez

Alicia Martinez

Education transformed and enriched my life.

One of my passions is to help students achieve their educational goals, earn their degrees, and transfer.

I was the first in my family to go to college and get a college education.  I am proud that this paved the way for the rest of my siblings to do the same.  You too can pave the way in your family and community!

 

Donnelle McGee

Donnelle McGee

As a first-generation college student, I knew once I graduated from college that I would venture back to assist others in achieving their college dreams.  My own counselor in college, Frank Espinoza, inspired me to not just uplift the self but also those around us.

I am passionate about working with students who want to transcend.  In other words, students looking to discover those academic aspirations that will in the end make a positive shift in their lives.

Poet and a BIG TIME Pittsburgh Steelers fan.  Jimmy Hendrix freak.  Freestyle wrestler.  Completed the Boston Marathon.

 

Chau Nguyen

Chau Nguyen

Seeing the progress that students make from receiving education to achieving education is invigorating.

I’m interested in helping students recognize their strengths and capitalize on them.  I like to help students understand the value of hard-work and being open to feedback and learning from mistakes.

I  was a student of Mission College.  I’m truly a product of this college!

 

Theresa Tran

Theresa Tran

To quote Albert Einstein, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”  I am lucky to have a career I enjoy where I get to help others, and I want to assist you in finding your fulfilling path as well!  Join the EOPS Program
(in Room E1-403 of the Main Building), and let’s talk!

I’m interested in your professional development, whether that leads you to an associate’s degree at Mission or transferring to get your bachelor’s.

I was raised in a low income, single parent household and graduated as  a Phi Beta Kappa honor’s student.  If I can do it, so can you!